Seattle School Bus Drivers Are on Strike: After they were unable to reach a deal with First Student (the bus contractor for Seattle Public Schools), members of Teamsters Local 174 who drive yellow school buses will strike for one day today. Drivers say they're seeking more affordable healthcare and better retirement benefits, the Seattle Times reports. The strike will leave about 12,000 students without bus service to school, according to the Times. The union offered advanced notice of the strike to allow parents to plan for alternate transportation. Read more about the drivers' demands here. UPDATE: At least one driver appeared to cross the picket line this morning and another person jumped onto the vehicle hood.
Bus driver Olivia Moore, 26, has cancer. But she doesn't qualify for First Student's healthcare plan. She speaks about why she's striking: pic.twitter.com/rLH2pl7KO5
— Paige Cornwell (@pgcornwell) November 29, 2017
NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Allegation of Sexual Misconduct: The network fired Lauer after receiving what the chairman of NBC News described as "a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards." The woman who made the accusation met with the New York Times but was not yet ready to tell her story publicly. CNN reports that Times reporters "have been investigating Lauer for weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times."
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
Jenny Durkan Is Now Mayor: Durkan delivered her inaugural remarks at five different events across the city, promising to "be a mayor not of City Hall, but of the people." Durkan also signed an executive order to create a city-funded rental voucher program and another "affirming the City of Seattle’s commitment to the Race and Social Justice Initiative."
And Teresa Mosqueda Is a Seattle City Council Member: Read Mosqueda's inaugural speech here.
Republicans Get One Step Closer to Passing Tax Bill: The bill has passed the Senate Budget Committee with support from some Republicans who were previously skeptical of the bill.
King County Judge Rules that City Attorney's Crackdown on Sex Buyers Doesn't Violate Due Process: After defense attorneys raised concerns about the Seattle City Attorney's Office's failure to offer diversion for accused sex buyers, a judge has sided with the city attorney. Sydney Brownstone has the details.
Shelters Lose Funding in Seattle's New Homelessness Spending Plan: In an effort to more efficiently spend millions of dollars in funding for homeless services, city officials recently undertook a request for proposals and announced new funding plans for shelters and services. Part of that new funding plan will mean cuts to funding for 300 emergency shelter beds funded mostly by the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE), KUOW reports.
Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos: Britain First leader Jayda Fransen first shared the video. According to the Washington Post, Britain First "bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims. Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, and the three Trump shared were provocatively titled 'Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!,' 'Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!' and 'Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!'"
Microsoft Expanding in Redmond: The Seattle Times reports that the tech company plans to build 18 new buildings on its Redmond campus and renovate other buildings to "give them a modern, open feel similar to the workplaces at Amazon, Google and other big tech companies."